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Russia: metro stations, then more later

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:45 pm

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Jun 30 2017 Moscow subway stations are so beautiful, you should visit even if you don't use the train .
Album of 12 photos.
Metro station Komsomolskaya is a great monument to the Soviet era. Photo: iStock Kievskaya subway station in Moscow. Photo: AP Komsomolskaya subway station in Moscow. Photo: Alamy Passengers in the subway of Moscow. Photo: iStock Metro station Mayakovskaya is a beautiful monument of the Soviet era. Photo: scaliger Visitors looking at the artworks in a Moscow subway station. Photo: iStock A railway platform in Moscow. Photo: iStock Glowing Moscow metro sign and the Kremlin tower. Photo: iStock Oktyabrskaya metro station alond the Koltsevaya Line in Moscow. It was opened on 1 January 1950. Photo: iStock VDNKh metro station in Moscow, Russia, which opened in 1958. Photo: iStock Ploshchad Revolyutsii is one of the most famous stations of the Moscow Metro. It is located on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line and opened in 1938. The architect was Alexey Dushkin. There are a total of 76 sculptures in the station. Photo: iStock.
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Hop on the Moscow subway for an easy, safe and cheap way to travel around Moscow during the Confederations Cup or next year's World Cup.
And also catch some art.
Famous for its elegant and ample stations, the Moscow subway is among the cleanest and most efficient in the world. Opened in 1935, the system has 13 underground lines and 206 stations that crisscross the city, many of them decorated with frescoes, marble columns and ornate chandeliers.
Komsomolskaya subway station in Moscow. Photo: Alamy .
"It's like visiting a museum," marvelled Pablo Zuniga Toro, a Chilean TV journalist visiting Russia to cover the Confederations Cup. "Everything is so grandiose."
Taganskaya, Komsomolskaya, Novoslobodskaya and Kievskaya, all along a circular line that marks the Moscow city centre, are among the best known for their glass-stained panels, vaulted ceilings and Soviet-era murals. As you might expect in this former communist country, Lenin and the 1905 revolution are two of the most popular subjects.
The two Moscow stadiums that will be used in the 2018 World Cup are easily accessible by subway: Spartak Arena, host of four Confederations Cup matches is served by line 7 on the Northwestern part of the city, and Luzhniki, host of next year's opening match and final, sits on line 1 closer to the city centre. Other lines also connect to trains serving the two main Moscow airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo.
Most of the station names are written in the local Cyrillic alphabet, although in a recent upgrade with an eye on the expected tourist influx for the World Cup, the announcements aboard the cars are now made in Russian and English.
Cars are a mix of old and new: Soviet-era wagons with wooden floors alternate with sleek, modern wagons. Most of them offer free Wi-Fi connection.
Also, security has stepped up since a series of bomb attacks in recent years, and it's common for station entrances to have metal detectors.
The cost for a single ride? 55 rubles - roughly $A1, a third of the price for a ride in New York and a sixth of the price of London.
Not bad for a ride that doubles as a museum visit.
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